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Timothy + Elina | An Elopement | Lake Garda, Italy

It was my first visit to Riva del Garda, on the mountainous north bank of the stunning Lake Garda, and I was blown away by how beautiful it was.  I have always loved Italian culture, the architecture and, of course the food, so was very much looking forward to shooting there.

I had a chance the day before the Elopment filming to take some shots of the surrounding area, including the Dolomites (which feature in the rather stunning opening shot!) and get a flavour of Riva for the opening of the film.  I always like to establish a sense of place in my films, so location is always important to my wedding videography, and something I always consider when taking on a commision.

Timothy and Elina are a truly international couple, Timothy from the UK and Elina from Ukraine, who love everything Italian.  It was a joy to spend the day with them and photographer David Bradford taking in the sights of the romantic town, and being a part of their ceremony.

Unlike a traditional wedding, an Elopement is a far more intimate affiar with just the couple, but the photographer and I made sure they had time to themselves througout the day.

As they only wanted a short film, it allowed me time to really focus on composing some really nice shots and tell a simple story of their love.

Toby Sleigh-Johnson is an award winning wedding videographer based in Greenwich, London and specialising in timeless, elegant and cinematic wedding videography.He has been filming weddings for over 10 years across the UK and overseas.

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